Strategic Regions

The Strategic Regions Initiative is rooted in the International Office's commitment to campus internationalization and building The University of Texas at Austin's international presence. Currently focused on Mexico and China, the goals of this initiative are to establish and deepen academic and research partnerships with peer universities, increase English as a Second Language and customized programs with local public and private partners, and strategically recruit top performing graduate students from elite universities.



UT Austin and Mexico have a long history of collaboration. Faculty experts across campus have been collaborating with their Mexican counterparts and institutions on a number of topics for more than fifty years. Hundreds of students from Mexico attend UT Austin each year and study abroad interest in Mexico continues to grow rapidly. As a close economic partner with whom we share a border, our shared history, interests and potential propel us to pursue even greater and more robust collaboration.



Ranked in the top 25 among universities in the U.S. for the number of international students on campus, UT Austin's Chinese students make up the largest proportion with more than 1,200 enrolled each year. Similarly, faculty, scholars, and researchers from China far outnumber those from any other country. We are invested in deepening our partnerships in China to further our mutual interests and increase our collective impact on our local communities, our nations, and the world.